In 1976, jazz keyboardist Weldon Irvine was in a transitional phase of his career. Having spent years as Nina Simone s band leader, he had developed into a full-formed, mature musician by the early 70s, creating a sound that combined modern jazz, soul, funk and blues with an underlying social and spiritual consciousness. Sinbad, his last ever album for a major label, marked the high point of that period. Mixing original songs with covers by Marvin Gaye ( What s Goin On ) and Stevie Wonder ( Don t You Worry Bout a Thing ), Irvine led an exemplary group of players guitarist Eric Bale, saxophonist Michael Brecker and a breakout performance by pianist Don Blackman, who also supplied vocals on an ambitious, intricate musical journey that s both technically brilliant and emotionally striking. Afterwards, Irvine found further success in writing musical stage productions, leaving Sinbad as one of his final and greatest recordings. Get On Down is proud to present Weldon Irvine s masterpiece Sinbad as it was intended to be experienced, with a beautiful new digital transfer from the original analog tapes.